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2008-12-12 15:03:46

A Russian businessman's attempt to cash in on the smiley face symbol was frowned upon by Russia's patent service Rospatent Friday. Rospatent rejected Oleg Teterin's claim that he could license the smiley face icon and demand royalties from its use, Novosti reported. Teterin registered the trademark for his mobile phone company Superphone, Russian Infocenter reported. But, the smiley does not identify the company and cannot be used as its trademark and cannot be registered as such, a Rospatent...


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.